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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 22, Issue 2, Pages 83-85
Focused Review

E-Cigarette Use in Patients Receiving Home Oxygen Therapy

Yves Lacasse,1,2 Martin Légaré,3 and François Maltais1,2

1Centre de recherche, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Canada
2Respiratory Home Care Programme, Centre de pneumologie, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Canada
3Critical Care Medicine, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Current smokers who are prescribed home oxygen may not benefit from the therapy. In addition to being an obvious fire hazard, there is some evidence that the physiological mechanisms by which home oxygen is believed to operate are inhibited by smoking. Although their effectiveness is yet to be demonstrated, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are often regarded as an aid to smoking cessation. However, several burn accidents in e-cigarette smokers receiving home oxygen therapy have also been reported, leading Health Canada to release a warning of fire risk to oxygen therapy patients from e-cigarettes. It is the authors’ position that patients receiving oxygen should definitely not use e-cigarettes. The authors provide suggestions for addressing the delicate issue of home oxygen therapy in current cigarette and/or e-cigarette smokers.